A Buffet Breakfast is a treat that many people like to enjoy. Whether you are staying at a hotel and it is part of the package, having a family celebration or perhaps it is just the perfect way to start a big day. Whatever the reason - and even if there isn't one - there is a good selection of Buffet Breakfasts to be enjoyed around the city. These days there is often a chef on hand to cook up eggs just the way you like it or to whip up a breakfast masterpiece in front of you. For healthier options there are also juicer stations, smoothie makers and a larger range of fruits and cereals to start the day on a lighter note.
Although the Buffet Breakfasts on this list are all located at hotel restaurants, I have contacted them to ensure they are happy to welcome Canberra locals as well as hotel guests.
Crowne Plaza (CBD) has a daily buffet breakfast in their Redsalt Restuarant to enjoy 7 days a week. Their buffet includes an Egg Station to cook your eggs, a Barista Station to make your morning coffee, a juicer to make your own fresh juices and hot and cold breakfast items to choose from. Breakfast is between 6:30am - 10am weekdays and 6:30am - 11am on weekends. For a full list of the Buffet Breakfast inclusions, see here. For Hotel details, see here. Price: Full Buffet Breakfast is $32 per person, Continental Breakfast $25 per person, Children (aged 6 - 12) are $15.
Hyatt Hotel Canberra (just outside the Parliamentary Triangle) also offers a Buffet Breakfast in their Promenade Café between 6:30am - 10:30am daily. Their Buffet includes an Egg Station and hot and cold dishes to choose from. This historic hotel is the perfect way celebrate a special occasion or start the day in style. For Hotel details, see here. Price: Full Buffet Breakfast $39 person, Continental Breakfast $34 per person. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 are charged half price for buffet meals. Children under 6 are complimentary and children 13 and over are charged at adult prices.
Rydges Capital Hill (Forrest) has a hot Buffet Breakfast 7 days a week in their Figtree Restaurant between 6:30am - 10am weekdays and 6:30am - 10:30am on weekends. Their hot breakfast includes all the usual hot breakfast items, with a range of daily chef-created options to choose from. For Hotel details see here. Price: Buffet Breakfast is $28 adults and $15 for children.
Source: Rydges Facebook
Mantra on Northbourne (CBD) host a Buffet Breakfast in their Stock Kitchen and Bar between 6:30am 10am weekdays and 7am - 10:30am weekends. When I contacted them for more information on their buffet, the friendly staff explained they have a hot selection with eggs any way and all the breakfast favourites including hash browns, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans and the Chef's Daily Creation. There is also a cold selection such as juices, smoothies, cereals, yoghurt, fruit and bakery items. For Hotel details see here. Price: Full Buffet Breakfast is $26 per adult and $11.50 per child. You can also choose just Hot Only for $20 adult or Cold Only for $16 adult.
Novotel Canberra (CBD) has a Buffet Breakfast in their One Restaurant, between 6:30am - 10:30am weekdays and 6:30am - 11am on weekends. When I contacted the Novotel I was told the buffet includes cereal, cut fruit, juices, pancakes, pastries, banana bread, mini muffins as well as hot items including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast. Coffee is also included and you can order eggs cooked how you like it. For Hotel details see here. Price: Full Buffet Breakfast is $30 or you could choose to have Continental or Hot Only breakfast for $23. Each adult eating may have a child join them for free, so 2 adults can have 2 children join them at no extra cost. If you do have more children the cost is then $12 per child.
Mecure Canberra (Braddon) has a daily Buffet Breakfast in their Courtyard Restaurant, serving hot and cold breakfast items including ham, eggs, hash browns, sausages, beans, toasts, juices and sweet pastries. The Breakfast Buffet is open 6:30am 10:00am weekdays and 6:30am 11:00am weekends. For Hotel details see here. Price: Buffet Breakfast is $24 per adult. One child per family eats free (up to 12 years old).
Pavilion on Northbourne (Dickson) also has a delicious Buffet Breakfast in their Atrium Bar and Restaurant. There is the usual hot breakfast buffet fare as well as a range of cold yoghurts, fruits, cereals and pastries. The restaurant is open 6:30am 10:00am weekdays and 7:00am 10:30am weekends and public holidays. For Hotel details see here. Price: Buffet Breakfast is $25 for adults, $12 for children, age 12 and under.
Atrium Bar and Restuarant. Source: Pavilion on Northbourne
If you are after a Continental Buffet Only, then visit the Parklands Hotel (Dickson) for an enjoyable breakfast including a selection of cereals, fruit compote, yoghurts, fresh fruit, juices, breads and preserves, tea and coffee. At the time of writing (June 2016) they have a Continental Buffet Breakfast 7 days a week, with hot breakfast items off the menu Monday to Friday only. The Continental Buffet is available 7am - 9am weekdays and 8am - 10am weekends. See Hotel details here. Price: $14 per person for Continental Buffet only.
Wherever you visit around Canberra, a Buffet Breakfast is an enjoyable way to start the day and make you feel like you are on holiday - in your own city. We are fortunate here in Canberra to also have such a huge variety of quality breakfast cafes to choose from, however if you are after something more substantial, the buffet breakfast is a popular option.
It also doesn't have to be a calorie-laden breakfast to be able to enjoy the meal with friends - the healthy options look equally as delicious. Where will you try out this weekend?